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verb [intransitive] stare pronunciation in American English /ster/
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present tense
present participlestaring
past tensestared
past participlestared
  1. to look at someone or something very directly for a long time

    It’s rude to stare.

    stare at:

    He lifted his head and stared at her.

    stare into/out of/through etc.:

    They sat on the balcony, staring out across the valley.

    He walked up to the house and stared through the window.

    stare back:

    She was staring at me, so I stared back.

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